Groff Murphy

Construction Law & Litigation
Insurance & Surety Law
Government Contracts
Commercial Litigation

Seattle University, J.D., cum laude
• National Order of Barristers

Michigan State University, B.A.

State and Federal Courts of Washington
State and Federal Courts of Oregon
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

206.628.9500 phone
206.628.9506 fax   Associations/Recognitions Selected Seminars

Mike Grace is a construction lawyer providing counsel and litigation services to general contractors, engineers and owners. He drafts and negotiates a wide variety of construction contracts, and resolves issues that arise during the course of construction. Mike is experienced in litigating and resolving multiple different types of construction claims and disputes, including bid protests, change order and extra work disputes, claims for delay, impact, lost productivity and acceleration, as well as claims and disputes involving defective design and construction. He is well versed with construction insurance and surety bonds, and regularly assists clients with resolving coverage issues and disputes.

Mike has worked on a wide variety of public and private construction projects, including heavy civil and marine construction, light rail, sports stadiums, government and civic facilities, and numerous commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. Mike regularly provides his time and service to construction industry organizations, and is a frequent speaker on construction law topics.

Professional Associations:

  • AGC of Washington, Chairman, Legal Affairs Committee
  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Utility Contractors of Washington
  • Associated General Contractors of Washington, Trustee


  • “Super Lawyer,” Washington Law & Politics Magazine, Construction Law
  • “Associate Member of the Year,” 2013, Associated General Contractors of Washington

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Selected Speaking Engagements:

  • Design Liability in Construction Contracts” (The 25th Annual Construction Superconference, San Francisco)
  • Changes, Claims and Notice on Construction Contracts in Washington (Lorman)
  • Recent Changes to the Federal False Claims Act” (The 24th Annual Construction Superconference, San Francisco)
  • Understanding Payment & Performance Bonds” (Lorman)
  • Construction Manager at Risk: On a Fast Track and in a Volatile Market” (The 20th Annual Construction Superconference, San Francisco)
  • Mediating a Construction Dispute” (Seattle University)
  • Strategies for Protecting Contractors Against Construction Defect Claims” (The Seminar Group)
  • Construction Insurance and Bond Claims” (Lorman)

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